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Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:41 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 8:56 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

After responsding to the NCAA's notice of allegations Monday evening, Boise State has begun to take action to return to good graces with the NCAA.  According to the Idaho Statesman the school submitted a "roughly 1,500-word defense" against the NCAA charges, which include secondary violations in football and a major violation in women's tennis.  The document includes plans for self-imposed punishment, preventative action for the future, and defends the school against allegations of a "lack of institutional control."

For the football team, the Broncos will have at least three fewer preseason practices in 2011 and 2012.  Boise State is slated to face Georgia in the Chick Fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Sept. 3.  They will open the 2012 season at Michigan State.  Head coach Chris Petersen will also have three less scholarships to award over the next two seasons as part of the self-imposed penalties.  The NCAA Committee on Infractions will review Boise State's case in a meeting on June 10 in Indianapolis.  There they will decide whether the self-imposed penalties issued by the school suffice as proper punishment.

The football program did commit secondary violations, but it is important to note that Petersen and his staff's greatest threat here is guilt by association.  The violations totaled $4,934 in impermissible benefits to 63 incoming players during the summers of 2005-2008.  That's just over $78 per student athlete for housing and transportation.  Those dollar amounts have been repaid, and the hope is that there will be no further punishment levied against the football program.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:41 pm

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

In a way, this makes my point rather nicely.  There is dirt to be found in the NCAA's rules everywhere, they only choose to prosecute those that threaten them.  And while it does take a long time for the NCAA to investigate charges, the decision to lump some extremely minor charges against the football program in with the women's tennis charges and call it lack of institutional control takes nothing more than a change in emphasis in a press release.  And the views of the Boise State AD stretch back before his recent comments on TV.
As I said, I am no Boise State fan- they are a tiny school who plays a soft schedule in a nothing conference and shouldn't even be in natinal championship discussions.  But they are being targeted by the NCAA unfairly.  All top level NCAA competition is in violation of the rules.  They persecute only those who they feel thumb their nose at them.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 2:28 pm

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

Actually, chappy, Ohio State's problems are less about what the players did and more about the fact that their idiot coach covered the whole thing up and lied to the school and the NCAA.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:56 pm

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

"a major violation in womens tennis".......thats the funniest thing ive read today

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:32 pm

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

The NCAA is trying to make up for the Auburn debacle by going after sacrificial lambs Ohio State and Boise State.  Ohio State had five players selling personal items that added up to less than $8000.  Again these were personal items.  If you watch Discovery Channel there is a show called American Pickers that go out and buy stuff 2nd hand itmes.  Amazon is all about selling 2nd hand items. has loads of second hand items for sale.  So what is the crime?  And if this is an isolated crime amongst college athletes is it really a major violation?  Absolutely not!

Now Boise State has recrutiing violations for spending $4600 on 63 athletes.  What gives? 

The NCAA is the most corrupt organization and needs to be reformed or disbanded.  Seriously Cam Newton's father soliciting his son's services for $180,000 and not even a one game suspension?  CBS is the most powerful global media company in the world and it's apparent they will do what they must to protect their teams.   

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:31 pm

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

Well if I'm one of those "trolls," I'm here.

This is what the university has done.  The coaches involved in the "major" violation have been asked to resign, and they have.

They have added additional compliance officers and put them under the university president, not the athletic department.  They have cut scholarships and practices.  They have repaid the cash value of these "benefits" (I never realized that crashing on someone's couch was a "benefit.")

If the NCAA has further demands, we will do our best to meet them.

No one is making excuses, and no one is hiding.  To me, the measure of a program is whether or not they take action to correct things and do it right.  I seriously doubt that you will hear Boise State's president trying to crack jokes about whether or not the football coach will fire him.  Nor will anyone here offer long, whiny explanations of how they were trying to "help."  Nor will you see me finger pointing at anyone. 

Do me a favor, if you want to address insults to me, do it with some courage, NitroBuck.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:22 pm

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

I would actually be more concerned if it were 63 athletes getting $78 apiece than one athlete getting nearly five grand.  With the one athlete, you're likely breaking your own morals trying to lure a recruit through moves that violate NCAA bylaws, but with 63 athletes, it's actually a full-fledged part of your process.  I wonder which the NCAA takes into account more - the number of actual violations or the extent of the total?

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:07 pm

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

Nice conspiracy theory, oxon1379.  I hate to bust your bubble, but issues like this take a long time to develop to this stage of an NCAA investigation.  Certainly a lot longer than the 2 weeks since Boise St criticized the NCAA. 

For the past several weeks, there have been some very vocal Boise St fans trolling on OSU related threads.  They had a holier-than-thou attitude that BSU was above doing anything wrong, and that OSU deserves the death penalty.  Funny how those trolls are nowhere to be seen today.  This just goes to show that dirt can be found anywhere.

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:42 am

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

$78 per athlete in impermissible benefits?  That sounds like someone made a MISTAKE, not some distinct, covert, underhanded idea to lure big-time recruits to Boise.  Probably a night in a 3-star motel and a cheap meal during the recruiting trip.  Sounds like the NCAA is trying to get Boise to silence it's vocal criticism of the BCS and disbursement of championship monies.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:40 am

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

This entire scenario makes me want to puke.  Now BSU will lose schollies and practice time?  Can we get the SEALs to take out the NCAA now?  I would celebrate.

My son has a very good chance at playing at BSU.  If not for this, I would be dumping college athletics from my household all together.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:17 am

Boise State self-imposes penalties for violations

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